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Leadership Development Initiative

The Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) is an opportunity for current school leaders at all levels and teachers seeking a formal leadership position, in NSW public schools. This initiative will enhance their knowledge, skills and professional capabilities through a structured instructional leadership development program as either a participant or a mentor. As part of this program, participants will lead and evaluate a 12 month instructional leadership project in their school.

Applications for the 2019 Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) components – the LDI for current executive and LDI for executive preparation – are now closed.

What’s new in 2019?

In 2019, the LDI supports teachers, head teachers, assistant principals, deputy principals and teaching principals who wish to develop their instructional leadership capacity. Participants are supported through a structured program including professional learning conferences and working with a mentor. The focus for the instructional leadership project is implementing effective feedback practices. A new aspect of the LDI in 2019 is a two–day conference with a leading educational expert in feedback for learning.

In 2019, the LDI has two components:

Participants in the LDI for current executive lead and evaluate an instructional leadership project in their school. Participants in LDI for executive preparation lead and evaluate a project which focuses on leadership through peer collaboration.

In 2019, support for accreditation at Highly Accomplished and Lead teacher career stage is not a component of the LDI.

Available grants

Successful participants in NSW public secondary schools and rural and remote schools, as well as mentors receive funding to support participation. This funding is provided to cover the costs involved in attending conferences and mentoring activities. Metropolitan primary school participants are school-funded (that is, they cover the costs involved in attending conferences and mentoring activities through school funds).

Please see the 2019 LDI Funding Conditions  web page for more information.

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